This thread likely will offer little useful information, but yet render an opportunity to vent, release, and otherwise "let go". Twenty years ago, the only cooking shows widely known in the U.S. were anything with Julia Child or or misunderstood, but beloved Justin Wiliams, which my 93 year old grandmother still thinks is the sh&t. Now, the year 2006, we have a diaper full of crap known as the FoodTV Network. Admittedly, I watch it, but as a passerby looking on as a train wreck happens. I do like some of Mario Batali's stuff. When are they gonna give Anthony Bourdain another shot? Emirl??? God, c'mon! I watch Emirl like I watch Cops, to see how I don't want to end up! It's all just a giant dog and pony show. I think it has polluted the way our industry is viewed in the U.S. To the rest of the worl it looks like all you need is to know someone in the T.V. buisness and know how to make muffins, cakes, or know how to open a freakin' jar (Thanks for the demo, Rachel Ray), and you can have your own show and subsequent salad dressing line and cutlery line. So what's your biggest beef?